Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature.  By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch per weight as far as goodness goes.  They are superior sources of antioxidants and essential nutrients.  Superfoods contain higher amounts of nutrients and vitamins with powerful antioxidant properties to give you a power up at mealtime.

Popular superfoods include kale, salmon, avocados, and blueberries, but if you have been watching what you eat you will know these have been around for a while.  The key to your healthy diet is rotation – there are hundreds of fruits and vegetables with lots to offer, and rotating between superfoods will keep your metabolism buzzing.

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Keep reading to discover three exotic new superfoods you are going to be craving soon!

Cocoa Powder

Many people banish chocolate without realizing cocoa contains flavonoids which lower blood pressure and cholesterol.  The trick is to avoid processed candy and milk additives.  Look for dark chocolate and cocoa powder to satisfy your sweet tooth.  “For someone who has a chocolate tooth and is looking for heart or circulation benefits, it’s a good call,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian.

“If you ever see the terms Dutch or alkalized cocoa, which means the powder has been processed, and up to 90 percent of the antioxidants are gone.  When you’re buying, choose the raw or nonalkalized version, which contains all the phytochemicals and antioxidants,” says Bellatti.  Try adding the powder to smoothies for a rich chocolaty taste.

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Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a fantastic superfood that can save your life.  Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium.   “If you’re not someone who eats a lot of fish, they’re a great way to get plant-based omega-3s in your diet,” says Blatner.  They also offer a delicious nutty texture and can be added to a smoothie for an extra blast of nutrients!

“They have an awesome taste, crunch, and nutty flavor.  I keep them in a glass shaker in the refrigerator at eye level so I can easily find them and shake them on my oatmeal, smoothies, salads, or stir-fries.”

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Kefir may sound like something your tried in college, but we promise you this superfood has a lot to offer the curious.  From Russia, this fermented milk product ticks all the right boxes.  It packs a whopping punch of probiotics, which are good bacteria that facilitates good digestive health.  Kefir reduces inflammation and has plenty of protein making this one hard working superfood!

Its popularity has soared in recent years because of growing interest in probiotics, which are known to boost the immune system and support good digestive health.  Find it in the refrigerated aisle at your local supermarket or health food store.

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Fruit and nuts deserve a notable mention, as they are high in antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body.  Free radicals may sound a little like an extremist terrorist sect evading capture and wreaking havoc across the globe and in fact, within the context of your body, this would be right.

They are, in part, a natural occurrence through metabolism. However, extra and unnecessary free radical load can be put on our bodies by external factors including pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, burnt foods, deep fried fats and cooked foods.

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